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October 2022 Newsletter

In past couple of weeks, there has several stories that have highlighted the significant power that property developers have over people’s lives and the need for their practises to be properly regulated. One major example relates to the partial collapse of the excavation site at Art Group’s Calypso apartments on Northbourne Avenue, which also took down several backyards and power lines. It was a miracle that no residents or construction workers were hurt in the incident (or in the incident in Woden earlier this year). As Dickson residents gathered for a roadside meeting to seek answers, the licensed builder fronted

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September 22 Newsletter

At last week’s NCCC General Meeting, the issue of integrated planning came to the fore during the Suburban Land Agency’s (SLA) presentation on the indicative land release program in North Canberra over the coming years. One of the areas of focus was Watson Section 76 (a greenfield site between Aspinall Street and the Federal Highway). The SLA noted the Place Plan for the area identified key themes for the future planning of Watson, such as ‘active people’ and ‘sustainable living’. North Watson residents would, however, be keenly aware that the current design of the suburb (as distinct from ‘old’ Watson)

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July 2022 Newsletter

The ACT Government has released for consultation the draft Active Travel Plan which outlines a strategy to enable more people to take up public transport or cycling as modes of transport across Canberra. Many North Canberra residents who commute to work via public transport or bike would be conscious of the major challenges with our networks. For those who do not live on the light rail line (or do not have their workplace near a light rail stop), public transport times can be prohibitively long due to the additional connecting buses. For those who cycle, the roads in some suburbs

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June 2022 Newsletter

The ACT Government recently released a guide for how to integrate climate-wise landscape design principles in new developments. It is intended to assist in the planning and design of climate resilient landscapes, including merging green landscapes with urban structures where possible and maximising trees and plants on the block. The guide is worth reading for anyone interested in the principles of climate resilient planning, but it’s another question entirely as to whether these principles can be integrated into new developments. A recent article by The RiotACT’s Ian Bushnell on a new dual occupancy development in Torrens highlights this tension, describing a

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ACT Housing Evictions

Public housing tenant relocations: response from Yvette Berry MLA, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, and Rebecca Vassarotti MLA, Minister for Homelessness and Housing.

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May 2022 Newsletter

One of the novel aspects of debates about local planning laws and regulations is how technical and complex the rules are, requiring one to have an incredibly strong grasp of the Territory Plan, of ‘development codes’, ‘zone objectives,’ what is or is not permitted in particular zones, and the roles of different government agencies. Yet despite their opacity, these rules have fundamental implications for our streets and suburbs. They shape where we live and how we navigate our city, and yet it often feels like one must need tertiary qualifications in planning to understand them. In the past month, this

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Latest DAs

20 Burn Place, Downer, ACT - DA: 202341491 Closes: 2023-04-14;

PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS, ADDITIONS AND NEW GARAGE - partial demolition of the existing dwelling, alterations and additions including single storey extension, alfresco, porch, new detached garage, landscaping and associated works.

36 Hannan Crescent, Ainslie, ACT - DA: 202341488 Closes: 2023-04-14;

PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS - partial demolition of the existing dwelling, demolition of existing carport and alterations and additions including single storey extension with car space and associated works.

13 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, ACT - DA: 202241117 Closes: 2023-04-21;

PROPOSAL FOR ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO EXISTING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEASE VARIATION - partial demolition of the existing building, alterations and additions including first floor extension, external stair alterations, signage, change of use of the building to facilitate a future application for the change of building class and associated works. Lease Variation to vary the crown lease by adding indoor recreation facility limited to gym/fitness centre.

43 Campbell Street, Ainslie, ACT - DA: 202341422 Closes: 2023-04-11;

PROPOSAL FOR NEW DWELLING - demolition of existing dwelling and tree removal. Construction of new two storey dwelling with attached double garage, alfresco, landscaping and associated works.

8 Jordan Place, Watson, ACT - DA: 202341397 Closes: 2023-04-05;

PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS - alterations and additions including single storey extension and attached carport to the existing dwelling and associated works.

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